Pinnix-Odrick Ready to Focus on Recruiting

Montclair (N.J.) High defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick acknowledged he has not been focusing much on his recruitment, but there is a good reason for it. However, that is changing beginning today, and Pinnix-Odrick talked about his busy recruiting schedule.

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. -- Montclair (N.J.) High's Julian Pinnix-Odrick will dive into the recruiting process today. It starts with a busy three-day schedule that will take him to Syracuse today, Rutgers late Saturday afternoon and Connecticut Sunday.

And it comes now because Pinnix-Odrick was giving so much attention to spring track, where he showed marked improvement in his second season throwing the discuss.

"I hate to say it, but I've been neglecting (recruiting), putting it off and concentrating on track, and giving track the respect it deserves," Pinnix-Odrick said. "It's still a sport and still competitive. I may not be going to college for it, but I'm going to compete like it's my first sport.

"Now that it's over, I'm going to have to look into my colleges and give big consideration to where I'm going, and do all my research."

The research will center on the schools to already offer him.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end holds offers from most of the schools in the northeast, including Penn State, Rutgers, Connecticut and Syracuse.

"I want to go a few places," Pinnix-Odrick said. "We haven't figured out when, but I want to go up to Boston College, I definitely want to go out to Pittsburgh, maybe down to Miami. All the colleges that offered me, I'm interesting in visiting."

Pinnix-Odrick is being recruited as a defensive end, but schools are also thinking about offensive line, which is where he first made his mark as a recruit. He wants to be recruited as a defensive end, and he has a unique prospective on whittling down his list.

"(Montclair) coach (John) Fiore says schools look for every reason not to offer you, so you have to look for every reason not to go to each school," he said. "You have to figure it out that way because all these schools are great."

Pinnix-Odrick's focus on the track took away from his football recruiting, but it showed his desire to compete and improve.

He began throwing the discus as a sophomore, and had a personal best throw of 142 feet. He qualified as the seventh seed at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions this spring with a throw of 166 feet, 11 inches.

And although he failed to qualify for the final round at Thursday's MOC after fouling on his final throw, his competitive drive was evident.

"I threw horrible; let's put it like that," he said. "But I improved this season, so this doesn't bother me. I made it farther than I made it last year. The goal wasn't to make it here and just give up. I tried, and all I can do is look forward to next track season."

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